TOKYO – Connor Fields, the American BMX racer hospitalized Friday after crashing at the Olympics, suffered a brain hemorrhage at the venue. Still, doctors reported no additional bleeding, and no new head injuries were found, USA Cycling said in a news release issued Saturday. According to USA Cycling, fields have been moved out of the critical care unit and will remain in the hospital until cleared.
“There’s a bit of fluid on his brain, but it has not increased for the next 24 hours, so they’re feeling good about that,’’ Mike Fields, his father, told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. “So far, the results seem pretty positive.’’ According to his father, Connor Fields also suffered a broken rib and bruised lung in the crash.
According to his father, fields, a medal favorite who crashed in a semifinal heat at Ariake Urban Sports Park, underwent a CT scan on his brain Saturday morning. He also had CT scans on his spine and abdomen. “Cognitively, he’s doing well,’’ Mike Fields said. “He knows where he is. He knows his birthday. He recognizes people.’’
The hope is that Connor Fields will be released from the hospital in five days and then flown home, his father said. The crash took place on the first turn of the semifinal run. Fields, the gold medal winner at the 2016 Olympics, was in second place when his front wheel appeared to catch the back wheel of the leader, France’s Romain Mahieu.
Fields tumbled to the ground, and two other riders fell over him. He was taken off the course on a stretcher before being loaded into an ambulance and transported to a hospital. “The good news is he’s had excellent care there in Tokyo,’’ Mike Fields said. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Olympics: Connor Fields suffered a brain hemorrhage, injuries in crash.